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View Diary: "Can't choose your own doctor" - What the heck does that mean, anyway? (updated) (106 comments)

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  •  Good enough observations but wrong perspective. (7+ / 0-)
    To that end, they have resurrected the old canard that you won’t be able to choose your own doctor.
    For a lot of us, "choosing your own doctor" has always been nice in theory but unrealistic in practice.  Thanks to the rapid decline in the number of primary care physicians (it just ain't lucrative, dontcha know), one's same-day needs are usually satisfied by a nurse practitioner in the chosen doctor's practice . . . if one can even get in to the nurse practitioner.   Thus the proliferation, since the late 1970s, of those "minor emergency clinics," which used to be staffed by doctors but of course usually aren't anymore.  

    (Not that I mind nurse practitioners; they're usually more than equal to the tasks they face.)

    Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

    by corvo on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 08:51:28 AM PDT

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